Respect, equality, participation: exploring human rights education in Great Britain

Date: 19th November 2020
Category: Education, including vocational education, Non-discrimination


Human rights education aims to incorporate human rights principles, such as equality, fairness, non-discrimination, and respect into lessons across the curriculum and the wider learning environment. It also involves empowering children to stand up for their own rights and the rights of others.

Schools reported wide ranging benefits after adopting human rights education, including: improved attainment and attendance, a reduction in racial prejudice and discriminatory attitudes, improved pupil behaviour, improved pupil well-being and engagement and improved teacher recruitment and retention.

However, there were also a number of challenges in developing human rights education, many of which highlighted the need for government support, at both local and national levels.

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